Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Online Presence of Tamil Writers

Here I would like to list out the Tamil writers who have a significant online presence. Consider this as an attempt to curate the efforts of Tamil Writers to reach out to a wider audience. 

Jeyamohan : (In this blog , he is serializing his take on Mahabharatha under the name 'Ven Murasu'. The exciting aspect of this is , his daily updates of the same are part of the book which is published by the same name 'Ven Murasu'). He is known for his posts on a wide range of topics. 

Charu Nivedita : (It is the writing style of his which endears him to the readers. He is more concerned with the daily life and is too indulgent about his struggles as a writer in the Tamil publishing landscape. Gives a valuable insight about the bitter truths and biases that exists . His style can be transgressive. He is one of the few authors in Tamil , whose translated copies sell much more than in Tamil). He is very well at home while writing in English. Here is his English Blog.

S. Ramakrishnan : . His blog offers a wealth of articles which he had published over a period of time. Insights into the daily life as well as eclectic range of topics. 

Shobha Sakthi : He is known for his writings about the Pre-War and Post-War Lanka. Him being a former child soldier of LTTE , an organization which led the armed struggle for the liberation of Tamil heartland within Sri Lanka, lends a perspective , which can be offered by very few. 

Nanjil Nadan : 

Leena Manimekalai : A prominent social intellectual known for her documentaries , Senkadal , White Van Stories.

Meena Kandasamy : A writer known for her firm stances on Feminism and for her participation in Anti-Caste caste annihilation movements. . She writes in English but her chosen landscape is usually Tamil Nadu, especially the Cauvery delta which experienced some of the worst massacres in name of caste. 

Paeyon Pakkangal : This is an interesting website because it is written by an imaginary character named 'Paeyon'. His articles were getting published on Ananda Vikatan for several weeks. This shows the attempts by Tamil writers to try something very new to the landscape of Tamil literature on Internet. . Here is a hilarious disclaimer you should definitely read. 

Here is an interesting and commendable effort to archive short stories of a range of Tamil  writers. Here are few words by Jeyamohan towards this attempt. \\ இணையத்திலேயே வாசிக்க விழைபவர்களின் எண்ணிக்கை இப்போது மிக அதிகம். ஆனால் இணையம் தமிழில் பெரும்பாலும் வெட்டி அரட்டைகளுக்கும் சண்டைகளுக்குமான ஊடகமாகவே இருக்கிறது. மிகக்குறைவாகவே பயனுள்ள எழுத்து இணையத்தில் கிடைக்கிறது. அவற்றை தேடுவது பலருக்கும் தெரியவில்லை. என்ற இந்த இணையதளம் பல நல்ல கதைகளையும் பேட்டிகளையும் கட்டுரைகளையும் மறுபிரசுரம்செய்திருக்கிறது. ஒரு நிரந்தரச்சுட்டியாக வைத்துக்கொண்டு அவ்வப்போது வாசிக்கலாம் அழியாச் சுடர்கள் முக்கியமான பணியை செய்து வருகிறது. எதிர்காலத்திலேயே இதன் முக்கியத்துவம் தெரியும் - ஜெயமோகன் \\ 

Here is another archiving attempt which got stuck at around 2013. But still , it is house to a wealth of articles . 

The literally landscape of Tamil literature in 80's and 90's were dominated by a movement by 'Siru Pathirikkai Movement' which were spearheaded by Magazines which were run by Writers or a clique of writers as an attempt to publish their works without any pressure to edit or make it more palatable for mainstream read. It saw its natural death because of dearth of patrons and because of 'Obvious flaws in their Business Model' . Now it is these writers who are making a come back by writing online . Here is the first web-based Tamil Magazine. 

Here is the blog of a public intellectual named A.Marx .

(நான் அ. மார்க்ஸ் (அக்டோபர் 4, 1949). இது என் இயற் பெயர். என் தந்தை அந்தோணிசாமி, கூலித் தொழிலாளியாக மலேசியா சென்று, அங்கே பொதுவுடைமைக் கட்சியை நிறுவியவர்களில் ஒருவர். தலைக்கு விலை கூறப்பட்டுத் தப்பி வந்தபின் நாடு கடத்தப்பட்டதாக அறிவிக்கப்பட்டவர். ராமதாஸ் என இயக்கத்தில் அறியப்பட்ட அவர் இறுதி வரை ஒரு எளிய கம்யூனிஸ்டாக இருந்து மறைந்தவர். அதனால் எனக்கு இந்தப் பெயர்.)

Another prominent Tamil Magazine which stands far from mainstream. Kalachchuvadu. 

Here is the blog of a prominent public intellectual / Poet / Writer : Manushyaputhiran .

Blog of Era.Murugan . . Just like Jeyamohan , he is serializing two novels at the same time on his blog .

Here is the premium blog aggregator in Tamil . It is said that Tamil had a vibrant blogging scene five years before when the medium was still fresh. It is to be noted that the blogs which I have posted are not representative of Srilankan Tamils and Malaysian Tamil blogging scene. In fact , very few writers like A.Muthulingam from Sri Lankan Ancestry have broken into mainstream Indian Tamil scene by writing series on Ananda Vikatan Magazine. It is to be noted that now many have taken up Facebook to reach a wider audience. The link to the Blog Aggregator:

In addition to that , here is two blogs which I would like to suggest though they don't accurately fit into the definition of Tamil Blogs.

1. . This is the voice of a Overseas Tamil from U.S of A , who talks at length about the social scene in U.S as well as Tamil Nadu/India. Many a times he dwells into commentary on Tamil Writers and the divisive politics which determines the words that they write. Many a times , it is important to understand the Politics of these writers before taking their words as written.

2. Badri Seshadri ( . He is the proprietor of one of the leading publishing houses in Tamil , Kizhakku Pathippagam. He is unique as he is basically a Tech entrepreneur who later ventured into Tamil publishing scene to innovate and transform .

Here is a previous attempt to curate the active websites and blogs of Tamil writers. As mentioned earlier , the blogging scene was its heights in 2010 , after which many have receded away from this medium.

So this is the list that I know of . If I come across any blogs of significant standing , will update it accordingly.